Maplewood Farm is an educational attraction in North Vancouver with pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, horses, cows and a whole lot more. Little kids love it!
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Years ago Maplewood Farm was a real dairy on the North Shore, but now it is an educational centre and petting zoo that features dozens of animals and birds including pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, a miniature donkey, chickens, ducks, geese, horses and cows. It’s kind of like a petting zoo, but more.
Maplewood Farm is an exceptional place for very little people, plus their parents, grandparents and friends. It’s always fun seeing how little kids interact with animals.
Maplewood Farm is located at 405 Seymour River Place in North Vancouver not far from the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge.
Click Getting to Maplewood Farm for directions on how to get there.
Farm Hours & Admission
Maplewood Farm is open from 10 am until 4 pm from Tuesday to Sunday for most of the year, and 7 days a week from April to October.
The price for adults is close to $8, and children between 18 months and 16 years are under $5, with special event days being about a dollar more. Horseback riding is also available at just over $100 an hour and booked in advance.
Parking at the farm is free. If the parking lot gets full, there is also street parking in the area.
When to Visit Maplewood Farm
Maplewood Farm is best when it isn’t raining, although it’s still okay if you bring an umbrella, or borrow one from the farm.
The best times to visit Maplewood Farm are in the spring when there are sometimes baby animals, in the late spring to early fall when the leaves are on the trees and the place is looking pretty, and just after lunch time any day for the milking demonstrations which usually take place daily at around 1:15 pm.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your visit to Maplewood Farms.
TIP #1: Families are allowed to bring their own picnics, and there is even a large picnic shelter that people can use, which is great on rainy days.
TIP #2: If you have an Entertainment Book don’t forget to use the 2-for-1 coupon inside. And if you don’t have the book already, get one! Membership includes hundreds of valuable coupons for restaurants, attractions and kid-friendly places throughout the Lower Mainland.
TIP #3: Bring your own fresh veggies to feed the bunnies. Bird seed is available for about $3 a bag for the ducks and chickens. Most other animals, however, are not to be fed.
TIP #4: Don’t forget to wash your hands after touching the animals. There are hand-cleaning stations at various locations.
TIP #5: There isn’t a lot of parking at Maplewood Farm. It’s not a small parking lot, but it can still fill up on weekends or during school holidays. Across the street there is extra parking on weekends, evenings and in the summer at Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School. At other times, if the main parking lot is full you’ll just have to find a spot somewhere down the road.
TIP #6: Maplewood Farm is a participant most years in the Kidsworld Program where children ages 4-13 can attend a selection of local attractions on specific days of the year along with an accompanying adult at no additional cost! If you have young children, visiting the farm through the Kidsworld Program is a great way to go!
Visit the Maplewood Farm website for more information.